The Daytona News Journal is reporting that 3 P-51 Mustangs will do the beginning of the race flyover. The flyover will be lead by Scott Yoak flying his P-51 Quicksilver.
Details can be found here: http://www.news-journalonline.com/article/20140630/NEWS/140639973/1040?p=1&tc=pg&tc=ar
Although Fantasy of Flight may be closed, the maintenance team has been busy on a couple of projects.
The Spitfire Mk-16 is undergoing maintenance for landing gear bolts replacement and Kermit Weeks is looking to fly this aircraft by year’s end.
The Curtiss TP-40N is also being worked on with the addition of an emergency landing gear system to ensure that the gear will come down.
At the Orlando-Sanford International Airport, there is a dedicated group of men that are working to restore a PV1-Ventura, a type that flew from this field back in the 1940s when the airfield was the Sanford Naval Air Station.
This PV-1 Ventura was offered to the Sanford Airport Memorial Committee by the Museum of Naval Aviation for display in the airpark. This aircraft has quite the history (http://www.warbirdregistry.org/pv1venturaregistry/LOCKHEED%20.txt) having served with the US Navy and the RAF, along with time South America and Cuba.
Volunteers work on the this aircraft every Saturday and Tuesday in BLDG 125 and are looking for volunteers to assist. The door is always open to visitors as well.
The Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum will be hosting an open house Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday May 24th and Sunday May 25th.
There will be free admission to the museum for all military, active or retired. Also, ALL Florida residents will be admitted free. ID is required.
In addition to our collection of vintage aircraft, we will be featuring plastic modelers and radio controlled modelers, and a visit from Jungle Jim with his Florida wildlife. If you have a classic car that you would like to show on Saturday and/or Sunday, please contact the museum.
The hours of the open house will be 9AM-5PM, Saturday and Sunday. Food and refreshments will be available.
The museum is located at 6600 Tico Road at the Space Coast Regional Airport. Our phone number is 321-268-1941.
Please consider bringing a canned good for donation to a local charity.
Selby Burch, a native Floridian, who previously owned the P-51 “Dixie Boy”, passed away on 17 April 2014.
Selby owned 4 different Mustangs over the years.
Here are a couple of great articles about him:
Stallion 51: Whistling Dixie
West Orange Times: Local Story